WIAW: Wrecking Bar Brewpub Goes Veg-Friendly

Okay, I admit it…this week’s WIAW is actually from a meal I ate more than a week ago. Embarrassed smile
I have been meaning to share this meal for a while and time is getting away from me, so I hope you’ll excuse this flash back to last Tuesday’s Atlanta Vegan Drinks meetup at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
022012 - Beet Burger and Fries


But first a little love to Jenn from Peas & Crayons. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been loving this month’s “Love Your Veggies” theme. So many delicious veggie treats shared on the link-up this month. Make sure you hop over to today’s party and check out a few new-to-you blogs joining in the fun!


What WIAW isn’t about

Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt

What WIAW is about

Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!

WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so much more <3

Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
[Cause over here, we like to party!]

The Wrecking Bar Brewpub is right outside of Little 5 Points and in a historic home – you would never guess there is a brewpub in this building!

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

They offered a special vegan menu for our group, but have also added a vegetarian menu that is available every Tuesday night. Love it!


Kirk (hubby) and Malinda (friend & past guest blogger) joined me this month. The downside was only tables of four were set-up, so we didn’t get to do as much mingling as I would have liked. I did snag a table next to Seth & Elena, so we did get to chat a bit through the evening.

Now on to the eats! We arrived pretty hungry, so we quickly ordered the Wreck Fries with a few dipping sauces. Just basic sauces here, nothing fancy that was veg-friendly.


Wreck Fries

Wrecking Bar - Wreck Fries

Malinda started with a soup, which she allowed me to photograph and taste. It was very flavorful and creamy, loved the combination of turnip & parsnip.

Turnip & parsnip soup

Wrecking Bar - Turnip & Parsnip Soup

Did I mention it was a brewpub? I of course sampled a few beers, for research purpose only, of course. ;) I had the Jemmy Dean Stout & “Never Go Back” India Black Ale.

Wrecking Bar - Beer!

They ran out of what I really wanted (Braised kale, mustard greens & apple strudel with chipotle-hop BBQ) before I ordered, so instead Kirk and I split two dishes:

Falafel with tzatziki sauce, arugula & radish salad

Wrecking Bar - Falafel with tzatziki sauce, arugula & radish salad

Seitan Veggie Gyro

Wrecking Bar - Seitan Veggie Gyro

The Gyro was actually off their regular menu and it was delicious – good to know there’s something tasty that we could order here at any time! Malinda went with the Italian dish, which was good, but the pasta was a little mushy.

Vegetable pappardelle with pesto, baby turnips, dried cranberries and pine nuts and seitan

Wrecking Bar - Vegetable pappardelle

All-in-all, a good restaurant with tasty beer. I hope to see other pubs in the area follow their example and add good veggie offerings to their menu!

Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Urbanspoon



Questions for you:

  • Are you more likely to frequent a restaurant that offers veggie options on the menu?
  • When a restaurant runs out of a dish you had been planning on, is it hard for you to pick plan B? I get really in the mood for what I’ve decided on and it’s tough to switch gears!
  • What’s your favorite local brewpub?
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  1. Tina says

    Just found your blog about two weeks ago. I a new vegan/plant based eater and am really enjoying it. I’m also in the Atlanta area so you blog has been a wonderful treat. I can actually go to places you talk about.

    • says

      The gyro was on the regular menu, it was very tasted – I bet most people wouldn’t know the difference. The seitan was spiced perfectly! They are just promising vegetarian each week, but it’s usually easy(er) to order a vegetarian meal and make it vegan-friendly – unless it’s mac and cheese. :)

  2. says

    I’ve been meaning to check out that bar, definitely will now that I’ve seen all the delicious food. My favorite local pub is probably Thinking Man Tavern when I just want to relax or Leon’s when I want to drink on a patio all afternoon.
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  3. Lee says

    That’s really cool. I’ve been to that place a couple of times and I like it.

    Yes, I am definitely more apt to go to a restaurant if they have a lot of veggie fare. And favorite brewpub? I like several in the Little 5/E ATL area – The Porter, The Graveyard Tavern. Oh and the Brickstore in Decatur.
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    • says

      Love the Porter – although I haven’t been there much since I’ve gone veg. I’d love to see them offer more vegan-friendly options, their beer selection is fantastic!

  4. says

    This place looks delish! The soup pictured above looks really tasty too – food that stands out compared to brew pubs in Calgary (at least the ones that I’ve been to). For that reason, I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite here, but in Portland I love McMinnimin’s (sp?) because the food is great, beer (many choices!) is even better, and some of their pubs are in theaters so you can eat and watch a movie at little tables! Always wanted to do that. :D

    Happy Wednesday friend!
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    • says

      Pub + a movie? That sounds awesome!! There’s a place at Disney that does old sci-fi cartoons & commercials/trailers – while you’re sitting in cut-out cars. One of my favorite places to go at Disney.

  5. says

    Never heard of that restaurant, but sounds good. I always like a place with more veggie options. Although I will say, since becoming vegetarian it’s been much easier to make a decision on what I want to eat when out at a restaurant – because there’s usually only 1 or 2 options!
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    • says

      That’s a perk of the meetup group, they work with a different restaurant every month on a vegan dinner for the group. It’s a fun way to try to places, foods, and meet new friends!